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Anthony Ramos, Original Laurens in Hamilton, to Star in In the Heights Film

Ramos will take on the role of Usnavi, originated by creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Anthony Ramos is in talks to lead the upcoming In The Heights film.
Anthony Ramos is in talks to lead the upcoming In the Heights film.
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Anthony Ramos is in talks to star in Lin-Manuel Miranda's upcoming film adaptation of his musical In the Heights, according to Variety. Ramos would like to take on the show's lead role of Usnavi, which Miranda originated on Broadway.

Ramos previously worked with Miranda in the original cast of Hamilton, in which he made his Broadway debut as the revolutionary John Laurens. His recent projects have included a recurring role on Will & Grace and a part in Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born.

As previously announced, the long-anticipated film adaptation of Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes's Tony-winning musical In the Heights will be released on June 26, 2020.

The film is written by Hudes, adapted from her Tony-nominated book, and features Miranda's Tony-winning score. Jon M. Chu will direct the film for Warner Bros.

In the Heights won the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Music and Lyrics (Miranda), Best Choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler), and Best Orchestrations (Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman). The original cast recording won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

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